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A 30-year-old female asked:

I just got my braces removed yesterday. i was warned i may experience swollen gums after removal. they are not tender or bleeding just swollen. any tips and tricks to reduce swelling besides flossing and brushing?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Swollen gums result from either mechanical irritation or infection. Make sure you are using a soft toothbrush and simple toothpaste without whiteners or other irritating ingredients. Rinse well and avoid acidic foods. The swelling should go down in a few days.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
What causes swollen gums is compromised oral hygiene during your treatment ent. Flossing or using a WaterPik daily would have prevented the swelling while your braces were on, that you are only focusing on now that the braces have been removed. Brush gen toy for 2 full minutes 2x/day. Floss or Water-Pik daily. Sorry, no substitute for basic home care.

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